We went to see the movie "Cars" last night - - great show! Especially the music...particularly the song "Our Town" by James Taylor. You can listen to it here. And here are the lyrics:
"Long ago, but not so very long ago,the world was different, oh yes it was.You settled down and you build a town and made it there,and you watched it grow, it was you're town.
Time goes by, time brings changes, you change too.Nothing comes that you can't handle so on you go.You never see it coming, when the world caves in on you,on your town, there's nothing you can do.
Main street isn't main street anymore.Lights don't shine as brightly as they shone before.To tell the truth, lights don't shine at all,in our town.
Sun comes up each morning, just like it's always done,get up, go to work, and start the day.You open up for business, it's never gonna come,as the world roles by, a million miles away.
Main street isn't main street, anymore.No one seems to need us, like they did before.It's hard to find a reason left to stay,but it's our town, We love it anyway."
Living around small towns, these lyrics seem so profound and foreboding. But I believe there's still hope and life left in some of these little towns.